The Rev. David C. Killeen serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Tallahassee, Florida. His ministry during the past eight years has focused on preaching and teaching, pastoral care, evangelism, new member incorporation and local and global outreach.
St. John’s, composed of 1500 members, is located in downtown Tallahassee within walking distance of the state capitol building and Florida State University. The parish actively seeks to minister with the downtown community through outreach ministries such as the Lively Café, St. John’s Bookstore, and weekday worship services.
From children to senior adults, St. John’s is growing both in numbers and spiritual depth. Children, youth and adults are connecting with God and each other at intergenerational fellowship, education and service opportunities.
Killeen has a passion for Spirit-led, grassroots strategic visioning and implementation. He recently led a campus master planning process and a $5 million capital campaign for historic preservation and new construction.
Locally, Killeen is co-founder, with Rabbi Jack Romberg, of Faith, Food, Friday, a luncheon discussion series in partnership with the Village Square, Tallahassee. Faith, Food, Friday has brought together thousands of people of different faiths to discuss issues that involve faith and the public square.
He is also the co-founder of Wounded Warrior Spiritual Retreats, a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Florida that provided weekend retreats for severely wounded veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In the wider church and Anglican Communion, he serves on the Board of Episcopal Relief and Development as chair of the Advancement Committee. He is a Trustee of the American Friends of the Anglican Centre in Rome and a past member of the Planning Committee of the Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes.
Prior to St. John’s, Killeen served for three years as associate rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jacksonville, Florida, where his primary focus was family, youth and children’s ministries. Before St. Mark’s, Killeen was Curate and Interim Pastor at St. Mary’s, Tuxedo Park, New York.
Before seminary, Killeen worked at the International Radio and Television Society, the Academy of American Poets, and St. Bartholomew’s Church, Manhattan, the parish in which he discerned his call to ordained ministry. While at St. Bart’s, Killeen led a thriving young adult ministry.
He has published articles in the Tallahassee Democrat, The Living Church, the Episcopal New Yorker, New Jersey Monthly and other publications.
He is an honors graduate of The General Seminary of the Episcopal Church and Muhlenberg College.
He and his wife, Carol, are the parents of four sons: Daniel, Thomas, Michael and Paul.